<< Week of February 17 >>

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Multiplicity of Asian Buddhist Modernities: 2019 Sheng Yen Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Cody Bahir, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The conference will explore examples of Buddhist modernism that have arisen in Asia since the late 19th century up through the present day.

Dream Fields with Nkiruka Oparah

Presentation | February 17 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Using repetition, drawing, and collage, explore how we can use our dreams to illuminate alternative nonlinear timelines, access collective and ancestral knowledge, and map inner landscapes. First-generation Nigerian American artist, curator, and writer Nkiruka Oparah shares practical tools for sustaining a dream practice, as well as plants and herbs that can support self-integration and...   More >

Monday, February 18, 2019

Seminar 231, Public Finance: HOLIDAY

Seminar | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Seminar 271, Development: No Seminar

Seminar | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LRLJ Citations Training

Workshop | February 19 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 La Raza Law Journal

The Journal will be hosting this training for members to learn how to review, correct, and approve "below-the-line" citations, which are critical in any academic writing. These citations support the author's claims in the article. Members will learn substantive skills regarding cite-checking and correct formatting, which are critical in legal writing.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Sustainable Responsible Investing and the Cross-Section of Return and Risk

Seminar | February 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

The identification of factors that predict the cross-section of stock returns has been a focus of asset pricing theory for decades. We address this challenging problem for both equity performance and risk, the latter through the maximum drawdown measure. We test a variety of regression-based models used in the field of supervised learning including penalized linear regression, tree-based models,...   More >

Amgen Seminar in Organic Chemistry: How structure can inform GPCR drug discovery

Seminar | February 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Bryan Roth, Department of Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

In this talk I will first present unpublished work highlighting our current structure-based efforts to understand how small molecules interact with G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). I will then show how these structural insights can facilitate GPCR drug discovery.

Recent papers: Wang et al, Science 2017 (PMID: 29051383); Wang et al, Nature 2018 (PMID: 29466326); Che et al, Cell 2018 (PMID:...   More >

The Performativity of Land Acknowledgments and Settler Whiteness

Colloquium | February 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room | Note change in location

 Dr. Selena Couture, University of Alberta

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Native American Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Dr. Couture's talk will discuss the increasingly frequent practice of Indigenous land acknowledgments in Canadian society and what implications this might have for local practices in the Bay Area. Through an engagement with methods and theoretical understandings from the field of performance studies, she examines when and how land acknowledgments can be decolonizing and when they can contribute...   More >

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Citizenship health inequalities across the US: State-level immigrant policies and health care access

Seminar | February 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Maria-Elena Young, Chancellor's Post-doctoral fellow, University of California, Merced

 Public Health, School of, Department of Demography, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

In this talk Dr. Young presents findings from two studies that examine how citizenship status and immigrant policies influence inequities in access to health care. Immigrants who lack citizenship are less likely to have health insurance and access to health care compared to citizens. Citizenship status is a form of inequality that is shaped by the policies that determine immigrants’ rights and...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - Fiscal Space and the Aftermath of Financial Crises: How It Matters and Why

Presentation | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Christina Romer, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

Joint presentation with David Romer

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by February 15.

Resumes for Research-focused Jobs in Industry

Workshop | February 19 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

This interactive session will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview with advice and tips, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials, with career advisor assistance. (You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop.)

You do not need to be currently on the job market to benefit from participating in this event. You will gain...   More >

IB Seminar: The role of hybridization in evolution

Seminar | February 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Daniel Matute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Skill-Biased Technical Change and Regional Convergence"

Seminar | February 19 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Elisa Giannone, Assistant Professor of Economics, Penn State University

 Department of Economics

TBA

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

EE Seminar: Magnetic and Piezoelectric Tunable Devices for Versatile Electronic Systems

Seminar | February 19 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306

 Amal El-Ghazaly, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

By year 2021, the number of existing wireless electronic devices is expected to be four times greater than the world’s human population. They will be used for countless “smart” applications that are nearly unimaginable today. However, the range of functions these devices serve across applications is very broad, often having widely different device requirements and tradeoffs. This seminar presents...   More >

Dr. Robin Tinghitella: "Grand gestures and love notes: Animal communication in a changing world"

Seminar | February 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Robin Tinghitella

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Denver, Dr. Robin Tinghitella, will present a research seminar titled, "Grand gestures and love notes: Animal communication in a changing world." Open to the public.

Probing Both Ice and Multicomponent Interfaces

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Mary Jane Shultz, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University

 College of Chemistry

Soft interfaces such as ice or those containing multiple species are common in biology, the environment, and technological applications. Probing these, particularly when the interface is buried between two condensed phases presents many challenges. The only current method available to probe such interfaces with molecular specificity is the vibrational spectroscopy, sum frequency generation (SFG)....   More >

Web Automation for Everyone: From PBD to PBX

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Sarah Chasins, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I’ll describe how I reformulated traditional web PBD around the insight that demonstrations are not always the easiest way for non-programmers to communicate their intent.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Integrable systems of spin Calogero-Moser type related to symmetric spaces, Part II

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We define the action of infinitely generated Temperley-Lieb algebra on the category of representations of the supergroup \(P(n)\). The supergroup in question is an interesting super analogue of the orthogonal and symplectic groups. As an application of this construction we get algorithm computing characters of irreducible representation of \(P(n)\) and some other esults. As n tends to infinity,...   More >

The Return to Form: a panel on Caroline Levine's FORMS: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton UP, 2015)

Panel Discussion | February 19 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Carol Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, Cornell English

 Department of English

Is literary criticism undergoing a "return to form," and can that be understood as something other than a retreat? Can close reading be deployed to analyze more than literary works of art, can its scope be broadened to include the analysis of sociopolitical experience? Were that so, could literary criticism intervene in and alter arrangements of power?

In Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy,...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation Workshop

Workshop | February 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 UC Berkeley Graduate Student Wellness Project

Find the balance between activity and inactivity.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

  RSVP online

Investigations into the neuropsychology of face perception

Colloquium | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I'll discuss two topics in my presentation. First, I'll provide an overview of previous studies examining the cognitive and neural basis of developmental prosopagnosia (DP), and then I'll discuss a recent fMRI study from my lab that assessed 26 category-selective areas in a relatively large sample of DPs. Our results revealed that face selectivity was reduced across the face network in the DPs...   More >

2019 Winter Career and Internship Fair

Career Fair | February 20 | 12-4 p.m. |  Recreational Sports Facility

 Data Sciences

Recruiters from 110 organizations will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions—recruiting all majors and degree levels!

Proteoforms in human health and disease

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Proteoforms are the specific molecular forms of proteins arising from human genes encoded in the human genome. They include all sources of protein variation, and here’s a list: sequence mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). They underlie diverse biological systems and proteoform diversity is directly linked to functions, pathway modulation, and disease...   More >

Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed.: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Janet Currie, Professor, Economics, Princeton University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Alternative Splicing Choices for Synaptic Function

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Andrea Gomez**, Biozentrum, University of Basel

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Church Encoding as the link between Cognition and Neuroscience

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Steve Piantadosi, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I’ll present an approach from mathematical logic which shows how sub-symbolic dynamics may give rise to higher-level cognitive representations of structures, systems of knowledge, and algorithmic processes. This approach posits that learners posses a system for expressing isomorphisms with which they create mental models with arbitrary dynamics. The theory formalizes one account of how novel...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Libby Beckman: Colonization, diversification and introgression in the high Andes: the case of the South American siskins

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Libby Beckman

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "The Perfect Defense: Bacterial Persister Cells"

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kim Lewis, Northeastern University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Kim Lewis is a professor and researcher at Northeastern University. His research focuses on antimicrobial drug tolerance and drug discovery. He earned his B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Moscow University.

Values alignment: An alternative to pragmatic appeals for behavior change

Colloquium | February 20 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Christopher J. Bryan, Assistant Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The science of behavior change has become an increasingly important frontier in the quest to improve human health and well-being. Recognition of this is now widespread in the scientific community, but the science of behavior change—the development of effective, empirically-validated techniques for producing lasting, internalized motivation for the behavioral choices people know they should be...   More >

Tackling Gender Equality in Key Fields: Law and Business: Women in Business Law

Panel Discussion | February 20 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Irene Liu, Checkr; Kathy Downing, Golden Seeds

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Please join Berkeley Law’s Women in Business Law Initiative and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) for an engaging fireside chat focused on gender equality. Panelists include Irene Liu, General Counsel at Checkr and Kathy Downing, Managing Director at Golden Seeds. Lunch will be provided.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On the Fourier restriction inequality in $R^3$

Seminar | February 20 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Zirui Zhou and Kubrat Danailov, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This seminar is an ongoing discussion of Guth's Fourier restriction inequality based on the method of polynomial partitioning. This week's first topic will be a proof of basic properties of the wave packet decomposition. With this machinery in hand, we will begin the core part of the proof, introducing the key concept of broad points, indicating the role of polynomial partitioning, and...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Computations of the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra

Seminar | February 20 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

The Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra is a powerful Legendrian isotopy invariant that is defined by counts of pseudoholomorphic discs. We give an introduction to both analytical and algebraic aspects of the theory, perform calculations in both low and high dimension, and present some open problems.

Algorithmic Pirogov-Sinai theory

Seminar | February 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Will Perkins, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Department of Statistics

What is the connection between a phase transition in a statistical physics model and the computational complexity of sampling from the given model? In the setting of the hard-core and Potts models on lattices, it is known that in the phase coexistence regime the Glauber dynamics mix slowly. Using some of the same tools used to prove slow mixing (the cluster expansion and Pirogov-Sinai theory), we...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Review of complex abelian varieties

Seminar | February 20 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yanshuai Qin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Get assistance using the library research databases: A practical hands-on workshop

Workshop | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Andrea Ramirez, UROC; Ife Okeke, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn tricks to getting the information you need, when you need it.

Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Martin Bazant, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena in charged porous media, as evidenced by both theory and experiments. Potential applications include electrically enhanced oil recovery, water desalination and purification by shock electrodialysis, and energy...   More >

Statistics on Shape Data: Correcting an Asymptotic Bias in Template Shape Estimation

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nina Miolane, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Computational Anatomy aims to model and analyze healthy and pathological distributions of organ shapes. We are interested in the computational representation of the brain anatomy using brain MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). How can we define the notion of brain shapes and how can we learn their distribution in the population? Landmarks’ shapes, curve shapes or surface shapes can be seen as the...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Mayor Jesse Arreguín: VISION 2050: Planning a Resilient Future for Berkeley

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Launched by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Vision 2050 is a citizen-led effort to develop a framework for a 30-year sustainable infrastructure plan which focuses on addressing aging existent infrastructure, the impacts of climate change, and a rapidly-growing population.

Special Analysis Seminar: An introduction to the bulk-edge correspondence

Seminar | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Physical experiments show that interfaces between dissimilar media act as stable channels for the propagation of energy. In discrete models, this stability is explained via an index-like theorem: the bulk edge correspondence. I will first review this principle, which connects the effective number of waves propagating along the interface (a spectral invariant) to a Chern number (a topological...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Legendrian isotopy from a quantitative viewpoint

Seminar | February 20 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

We use techniques from persistence homology applied to the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra in order to obtain a restriction on the oscillatory norm of a contact Hamiltonian that displaces a Legendrian in the contact vector space from its image under the Reeb flow. These techniques are also used to show that a Legendrian which admits an augmentation cannot \(C^0\)-approximate a loose Legendrian, and...   More >

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

  RSVP online

Applied Math Seminar: Grassmann manifold, gauge, and quantum chemistry

Seminar | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Grassmann manifold Gr(m,n) is the set of n-dimensional subspaces in $\mathbb R^m$ (assuming m >n), and is used in many science and engineering applications. A point in Gr(m,n) can be represented by an orthogonal matrix of size m by n, multiplied by another arbitrary orthogonal matrix of size n by n. In quantum chemistry and in particular the widely used density functional theory (DFT), this...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: The Macro Impact of Short-Termism

Seminar | February 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Stephen Terry, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "The Environmental Bias of Trade Policy∗"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Joseph Shapiro, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Martha Graham Speaking to the Moment: Creative Invention in Dance with Marni Thomas Wood

Presentation | February 21 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Marni Thomas Wood delivers a talk drawing on her decades-long experience in dance. Thomas Wood joined the Martha Graham Company after graduating from college in 1958; she toured and performed with the company, taught at the Graham School, and was part of the first generation of women to perform Graham’s own roles as Graham began choosing successors for her repertory work. In 1968, Thomas Wood...   More >

Saving for Your Child’s Education(BEUHS362)

Workshop | February 21 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Sherry Young, Bank of the West Wealth Management Group; Jake Cleary, Bank of the West Investment Services

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Learn about the importance of saving for college, how it plays into overall financial planning, and investment vehicles available. You’ll also learn about gifting limits, possible tax ramifications and the importance of partnering with a licensed professional.

  Enroll online

*CANCELED* IB Seminar: Title to be announced

Seminar | February 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Sterling Nesbitt, Virginia Tech

 Department of Integrative Biology

Data Science Modules Exposition

Workshop | February 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Data Sciences

An illustration of the types of course materials being developed for Data Science pedagogy for a variety of classes, including introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, and American Cultures classes. First hand experiences from instructors adopting and adapting these materials with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Power Electronics: A New Landscape and its Impact on Research and Applications

Seminar | February 21 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306 Soda)

 Alex Hanson, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Many of humanity's most pressing needs and exciting advances are critically dependent on the effective use of energy. Such applications are often space-, cost-, or efficiency-limited by the power converters at their heart. These power conversion challenges are converging with new technology opportunities.

Dr. Sara Bombaci: "Conserving and restoring biodiversity in the face of global change"

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sara Bombaci

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, Dr. Sara Bombaci, will present a research seminar titled, "Conserving and restoring biodiversity in the face of global change." Open to the public.

Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled: A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Christian and His Conflicted Worlds

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Sachsenmaier, Professor of Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives, Göttingen University

 Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dominic Sachsenmaier will present his recently published book, Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled (Columbia University Press, 2018), which explores the mid-seventeenth-century world and the worldwide flows of ideas through the lens of a Chinese Christian convert, Zhu Zongyuan. Born into a low-level literati family in the port city of Ningbo, Zhu likely never left his home province....   More >

TDPS Speaker Series | Knowing Through Moving: 50 Years of the Dance Program

Panel Discussion | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Marni Thomas Wood, Professor Emerita of Dance, UC Berkeley; Joe Goode, Professor of Dance, UC Berkeley; Wendy Rogers, Professor Emerita of Dance, UC Riverside

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Prior to the opening of Berkeley Dance Project 2019, join TDPS for a panel discussion about the dance program's 50-year history at UC Berkeley.

Sparse Polynomial Approximations and their applications to Quantum Advantage, Parallel Computation, and Pseudorandomness

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Avishay Tal, Motwani Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk is motivated by three (seemingly unrelated) questions:
1. For which tasks do quantum algorithms outperform classical computation?
2. Does parallel computing always offer a speed-up, or are some tasks inherently sequential?
3. Do randomized algorithms have deterministic counterparts with similar memory footprint?

Dr. Sinead Griffin Computational Materials Seminar

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

Sinéad Griffin is the newest staff scientist at the Materials Science Division and the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab. Sinéad has contributed several insights into the connections between high-energy physics and condensed matter theory, winning the Swiss Physical's Society's ABB Prize in 2017 for her work on testing cosmic strings in multiferroics. Since 2010 she has been involved in ASESMA,...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium/Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3: Birational geometry in characteristic $p >0$

Colloquium | February 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Christopher Hacon, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

After recent spectacular progress in the classification of varieties over an algebraic closed field of characteristic 0 (e.g. the solution set of a system of polynomial equations defined by $p_1,...,p_r$ in $C[x_1,...,x_n]$) it is natural to try and understand the geometry of varieties defined over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p >0$. Many technical difficulties arise in this...   More >

Impossible: A Food Revolution Catalyzed by Heme

Seminar | February 21 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Dr. Celeste Holz-Schietinger, Impossible Foods

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Come learn about the creation of the Impossible Burger and other Impossible Foods. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A session.

Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Career Forum: BERC Energy Summit

Career Fair | February 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Formerly called Career Night, this year’s event, the Career Energy Forum, will take place on the first of the two days of the Energy Summit conference on February 21st, 2019. The Career Energy Forum is an annual event connecting prestigious energy and cleantech companies with top graduate student talent interested in dedicating their careers to this field. We have more than 20 companies confirmed.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Adult Mortality Determinants in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A workshop examining adult mortality in low and middle income countries and comparisons with high income countries

Workshop | February 22 |  Barrows Hall

 Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging

This workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality, mortality determinants, and risk factors in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), following-up on workshops held on this topic at USC and Berkeley in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality...   More >

  Make reservations by emailing Elizabeth Vasile at evasile@berkeley.edu by February 5.

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

  RSVP online

Theology and the Public University

Conference/Symposium | February 22 – 23, 2019 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus | Note change in date

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

For the past two years, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, has convened a series of workshops and seminars concerning, broadly speaking, the place of theology in the university. From the outset, our goal was to challenge narrow conceptions of both secular learning and “theology,” in hopes of fostering robust conversation about the teaching of...   More >

BERC Energy Summit

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Kevin de Leon, California State Senate

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

The BERC Energy Summit, now in its 13th year, is the largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. This year’s event comes at a critical moment with greater climate awareness and shifts in energy policy than ever before, and will focus on the theme, “Bringing Energy Communities Together for Innovation.” Held at UC Berkeley, the event draws around 500 students, researchers, clean...   More >

27th Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: Affective Realisms

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

We often think of realism as a reactionary gesture, circumscribing all that is possible within the limits of the status quo – but recent developments in critical theory, philosophy, and literary studies have mobilized affect and reality in surprising new configurations. Scholars such as Eve Kosofsky-Sedgwick, Brian Massumi, Sarah Ahmed, Jane Bennett, and Mel Y. Chen have figured affect as...   More >

Points of Transition: Ovoo and the Ritual Remaking of Religious, Ecological, and Historical Politics in Inner Asia

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Ovoo, the structures of stones, trees, scarves, skulls, steering wheel covers, and a staggering array of other objects that are ubiquitous across the landscape of contemporary Mongolia, Buryatia, Inner Mongolia, and Qinghai, have long marked sites where ritual, though often highly spontaneous, practices invoke the presence of immanent relations. Built and maintained by various publics, gatherings...   More >

Publishing in 20th+21st Century Literature

Workshop | February 22 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Rutgers English

 Department of English

A Workshop with Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Professor and Chair of English, Rutgers University
Editor, "Literature Now" series, Columbia University Press
Former editor, Contemporary Literature

Open to graduate students and faculty

Labor Lunch Seminar: Canceled

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes and their use in Time-of-Flight Applications

Seminar | February 22 | 1-2 p.m. |  Cory Hall

 Bruce Rae, Photonics Pixel Architect, STMicroelectronics in Edinburgh

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will introduce a fully industrialized SPAD
device and its implementation and state-of-the-art performance in STMicroelectronics
advanced 40nm CMOS technology node.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 22 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

A Question of Time: A Roundtable on American Literature from Colonial to Contemporary Fiction

Panel Discussion | February 22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Cindy Weinstein, Vice Provost, CalTech Office of the Provost; Mark Goble, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Elizabeth Freeman, Professor, UC Davis English; Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Americanist Colloquium

Please join us for a roundtable with Cindy Weinstein (California Institute of Technology), Mark Goble (UC Berkeley), and Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis) on Friday, February 22nd, 1-3:30pm, in 315 Wheeler Hall (Maude Fife Room). Professors Weinstein, Goble, and Freeman will be discussing their individual and collective contributions to A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter...   More >

Interfacial Engineering of Lithium Metal Anodes: From Liquid to Solid Electrolytes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Neil Dasgupta, Univ. of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The poor performance and safety concerns of lithium (Li) metal anodes represent a critical challenge to enable high energy density rechargeable batteries. This is attributed to several well-known issues associated with Li metal electrodeposition and dissolution, including electrolyte decomposition, dendrite evolution, and “dead” Li accumulation. In addition, short-circuiting can occur due to the...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: The Structure of Gibbs Measure with Low Complexity

Seminar | February 22 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about several different perspectives to analyze the structure of Gibbs measures with low complexity. The first perspective is a mean-field approximation to the free energy that appears in the variational formula, studied by Chatterjee and Dembo. As an application, one can compute the probability of large deviation events given by nonlinear functions with low complexity, for instance...   More >

MENA Salon: The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Workshop | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This year, February 11 marked the 40th anniversary of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran, accompanied by nationwide rallies commemorating the series of uprisings that took place in 1979, which led to the overthrowing of the monarchy. On the one hand, Iran’s...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Stanford graduate composers

Colloquium | February 22 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

The DMA in composition is offered to a limited number of students who demonstrate substantial training in the field and high promise of attainment as composers. Students may work in traditional and/or electronic forms. Breadth is achieved through studies in other branches of music and in relevant fields outside of music, as desirable. In addition to formal coursework and independent study,...   More >

UCLA Library’s International Partnerships and Projects

Seminar | February 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Rosalie Lack

 Information, School of

Libraries and archives play a critical role in preserving and providing access to the collective memory of communities. Unfortunately, the resources for enabling archive holders to preserve cultural, social, political, and historical evidence are scarce and urgently required.

This talk will highlight UCLA Libraryâs international initiatives aimed at addressing these challenges, with a focus...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Elementary theories of hyperbolic groups

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Rizos Sklinos, Stevens Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

The discovery of non euclidean geometry in the early nineteenth century had shaken the beliefs and conjectures of more than two thousand years and changed the picture we had for mathematics, physics and even philosophy. Lobachevsky and Bolyai independently around 1830 discovered hyperbolic geometry. A notable distinguish feature of hyperbolic geometry is its negative curvature in a way that the...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: The Sphere Theorem (cont'd)

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk about Stalling's work on ends of groups, with the Sphere Theorem as an application.

Leveraging Polarizability and Electrophilicity in Catalysts for Challenging Coupling Reactions

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brad Carrow, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

 College of Chemistry

A general approach by our group for the development of new catalytic synthetic methods that occur with higher efficiency and selectivity, use simpler reagents, and proceed with lower energy demand involves new ancillary ligand design coupled with fundamental studies of how metal-ligand bonding dictates catalytic reactivity. In this context, the presentation will focus on our recent efforts to...   More >

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Theology and the Public University

Conference/Symposium | February 22 – 23, 2019 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus | Note change in date

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

For the past two years, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, has convened a series of workshops and seminars concerning, broadly speaking, the place of theology in the university. From the outset, our goal was to challenge narrow conceptions of both secular learning and “theology,” in hopes of fostering robust conversation about the teaching of...   More >

A UCBHSSP Un-Conference

Workshop | February 23 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

UCBHSSP invites Bay Area educators to participate in an "un-conference." This participate-driven event will allow teachers to share and learn from one another with regard to how they are approaching history instruction at this historical moment - What does this moment demand of us as history teachers?

 This event is directed at educators.

Black Life: Amber McZeal

Presentation | February 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience Afrofuturist mythos through story and song. Writer, vocalist, sacred scholar, and activist Amber McZeal utilizes sound therapy and guided somatic imagery to engage the knowledge of the body within an interactive and liberatory arts practice.

Amber McZeal weaves together somatic practice with social justice and spirituality. Her approach centers imagination as foundational to...   More >